It’s time for another round of Muppet Casting, where we take a famous movie and ask, if Jim Henson’s Muppets made their own version of it (in the vein of The Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island), which Muppets would you cast in the lead roles?
This week, it’s Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy!
Our Very Special Guest, Ms. Aubrey Plaza! as Peter Quill/Star Lord – Peter is the only human in a team full of weird aliens; if you make him a Muppet surrounded by others Muppets, you lose that angle. So I felt he needed to be played by a human guest star, and went with Ms. Plaza for the Parks & Recreation casting gag. Note, the character of Peter wouldn’t be gender flipped. Plaza would just wear an Immortan Joe style molded plastic breast plate.
Rizzo the Rat as Rocket Raccoon – Small rodent with an attitude and a huge mercenary streak? This is one of the easiest casting decisions I’ve had yet.
Animal as Groot – While Animal is definitely more wild and uncontrollable than the more peaceable Groot, they’re both incredibly dangerous creatures who can still make audiences adore them, even if they only speak maybe three intelligible words over the course of a movie.
Scooter/Skeeter as Gamora – Either a cross dressing Scooter or a Skeeter moved from animation to live (felt) action. Gamora is the least outwardly wacky of the Guardians, and is often shown trying to manage their more unruly attributes, but doesn’t assume a leadership role like Kermit would, so Scooter’s harried stage manager role seems like a better fit.
Bobo the Bear as Drax the Destroyer – I considered Sweetums for the part, but he’d outshine Animal/Groot’s role as the team’s Big Guy. So I went with another character who’s still kinda big and oafish, but not in an unpleasant way.
Pepe the Prawn as Yondu – I often finding myself casting Pepe as certain characters just because they both have thick accents, even if the accents aren’t remotely similar. Maybe that’s wrong of me, but I do still think Pepe could pull of Yondu’s charmingly scuzzy and opportunistic personality.
Sam the Eagle as Ronan the Accuser – It’s not just because they’re both blue. It’s a little because they’re both blue, but it’s also because they both have a no-nonsense attitude in sharp contrast to the oddballs surrounding them. Sam could absolutely nail Ronan’s befuddlement at Peter’s impromptu dance number.
Miss Piggy as Nebula – Nebula is driven by fury towards and jealousy of her sister Gamora, and no Muppet can do fury and jealousy quite like our own Miss Piggy.
Kermit the Frog & Fozzie Bear as The Nova Corps – Kermit is the Glenn Close leader character, Fozzie is the John C. Reilly character. Kermit would of course be the character trying to maintain a sense of order out of all the chaos going on, and Fozzie is a natural as his Number Two.
Gonzo the Great as The Collector – There are a lot of Muppets who could pull off the Collector’s eccentric oddball persona (“You must allow me to pay you now so that I may own your carcass”), but I wanted to make sure Gonzo got a role here. Plus, you could have a chicken be the slave girl who blows the place up.
The Swedish Chef as Thanos – Repeating this one from my Muppet Casting of The Avengers, ‘cause I still think it’d be hilarious.
Those are my picks for a Muppet rendition of Guardians of the Galaxy. What are yours?